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A Big Horse Means Big Pain | The Incredible Dr. Pol

August 11, 2019


[music playing] NARRATOR: Doc barrels to
his next case of the day. Oh my gosh. Uh-oh. Jack is a big, black Percheron
for one of the Amish clients. It’s down in the pasture. And I don’t like this. Where you going? He is in pain, but
it’s not colic. [music playing] Yeah, that sounds normal. His muscles don’t
feel that hard. But then– FARMER: Right, we
didn’t think so, either. No, no. FARMER: Well, we unharnessed
him and, like, kind of worked the muscles a little. DOC: Yeah, I know. FARMER: We let him out. We put him in [inaudible]
and we thought it was fine. Then all of a sudden
he starts kicking back, and so we brought him out here. DOC: See, he’s sorer
than all get out. You think this is azoturia? FARMER: That’s
what I think it is. But I’ve never seen it this bad. DOC: No, neither have
I. Azoturia is not good. The Dutch call
this [dutch],, which means Monday morning sickness. [inaudible] standing
doing nothing over the weekend and then
work hard on Monday morning, and that’s what happens. NARRATOR: Azoturia
is muscle soreness after an intense workout. The horse is crippled with pain. FARMER: You know,
these last rainy days, we had him in the barn, and– DOC: I know. FARMER: We got him
out to haul manure, and we should have run
him out last evening. Yep. The horse will not tell
us, hey, my muscles hurt. I want to quit. These horses are taught
to work, and they’ll work until they go down. This is very, very severe. I’ve never seen them
that they, you know, don’t want to get up at all. Well, we see what we can do. OK, painkillers. We can treat him
for painkillers. We can treat him with
anti-inflammatory drugs, anything to
alleviate the pain so that the horse will keep
on eating, drinking, and eventually get up. I’m going to give him a whopping
big dose of cortisone now. OK, big boy. Relax and feel better. [inaudible] pills. He gets two twice a day. Hopefully, you’ll
make it that way. FARMER: Yeah, OK. I hope so, too. Yeah. I want to know. Call me. FARMER: OK, yeah. DOC: Tomorrow. Just give him time
for himself to get up. [music playing] Mobile [inaudible]
I’m on the way in.

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  1. Thank you Dr Pol for helping. Yes, I know how bad muscle cramps can be. Hope it's just a case of muscle cramps though and that the horse will get well soon. Thanks National Geographic for sharing.

  2. While equine colic is a relatively common disorder of the digestive system, Dr. Pol discovers Jack the horse has other needs. Is there anything Dr. Pol can't solve?!

  3. Perhaps horse would enjoy the attention of a soothing massage with herbal oils, plus magnesium and calcium internally 🙂

  4. how the he'll is this practice and program still on. they should of been shut down ages ago. this practice is awful

  5. Beautiful draft horse, sad that he’s not doing so good at the moment. He’ll and working again so. As his body heals

  6. Poor horse… But he's one in a million like that. There are ton of horses that get worked to death with no sense. Another great reason I hate Stalls. I can't count the number of times I hear or see horses locked up like that with no room to move enough, and then get worked out so bad for hours. Even if they don't just lay on the ground like that one; still hurts me knowing how they quietly suffer dumb humans

  7. I had to put down my 36 yr old Morgan/Tennessee Walker because of colic. He’d try and trot away, then he would drop himself on his stomach and roll, then try and gallop away. Repeated that for 1/2 and hour or so. When the vet came out to give him the shot, it took 4x as much of the shot than it should have. The vet who came out told us that he (Blackie) was a fighter. He powered through 20 second pole runs, hour long practicing, the occasional cross-county, hours upon hours of roping, even more hours being a queen horse, and then having no physical ailments to show for it, other than scars from trying to jump a barbed wire fence when he was a colt, graying mane/tail/coat, and the small amount of teeth left. No such signs of arthritis, no eye issues, no anything! My next horse, preferably, to be a Morgan/Tennessee Walker

  8. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Dr.Pol you have helped animals survive which is an amazing beautiful thing you have inspired me to want to be a vet and have my own vet business someday thank you💕

  9. Amish around here call it kidney shot. When my neighbors horse went down it tried but could not stand. We got him up by taking out the partition to the next stall and gave him more room to stand. It was all for nothing cause he west down again and passed.
    Previous to this he said he hadn't come out of his stall for two weeks. Hadn't needed him to go away. But there was no water in the stall. After this he put water ears in the stalls. The horse was a saddlebred. What's done is done but I chastised him for the lack of care.

  10. Such a good boy! Literally working himself till he can't even stand up. And the dogs are so sweet, laying nearby, clearly worried about their friend.

  11. and all those morons abusing animals for no reason at all out there being fine… it's XXI century, when is this madness going to stop?

  12. if you're wondering the outcome here's what the episode said: Jack was given some shots by Dr. Pol and the owner began giving him 2 pills a day prescribed by Dr. Pol, the next day Dr. Pol came back and Jack was sitting up. He was not standing and had not moved but at least was not laying down on the ground like the day before. He was very alert and was eating and drinking. Dr. Pol said that allowing him to rest and continuing treatment, he should be fine. this story can be found on episode 9 season 12.

  13. I live in Amish country, we aren't amish at all but our neighbors are. We never push our animals. The amish do. Most of them around here anyways. Last week there was a filly way too young to have a buggy, she was rearing and flipping kicking trying to get away and the driver is a kid! The horse seized up, dropped to the pavement. It died. The kid started hitting it with a whip until someone stopped him.

  14. Good boy 🙁 he works and works until he falls. But I hope they run him daily so he doesn't suffer again. Such a beautiful animal ❤

  15. Yo soy ferviente admiradora del dr. Poul pero no sé inglés no pudieran pasar capítulos en español me encantaría seguir viendo pues es mi programa favorito y sé que de mucha gente de abla ispana gracias.

  16. This makes me wonder how harsh the Amish are with their animals. To leave this horse in the field and helpless.

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